Monday, May 08, 2006

Bottle of Red?

A glass of red wine....There are a few good reasons to believe in God and a glass of red wine is one. Delicious, rich, intoxicating as well as being full of compounds that are good for your heart, brain and blood pressure. A glass of red wine is not a sleep aid. Alcohol should not be used as a sleep aid. While drinking alcohol can produce transient drowsiness, alcohol is not good at inducing sleep. The effects of alcohol clear the body fairly rapidly and the sedative effect wears off. This results in the ever-familiar 2am-wide-awake-thirsty episode.

Many people have trouble sleeping and they will turn to what they know for help. For many, this is alcohol. The truth is for pharmacological assistance, Ambien, Lunesta or Sonata are much better choices. Even with the addictive potential of these medications, these pills will serve you better than booze.

That being said, there is no substitute for natural sleep. If you find yourself with a regular problem sleeping, it may be time to address your problem more assertively. Sleep is such a critical part of your health, you owe it to yourself to spend some time improving your sleep. There a lot of ways you can improve your sleep health. Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata, Rozerem and the benzodiazepines are treatments for insomnia. They are not a nightly vitamin that you take before bed. To harness the restorative benefits of sleep, you need to return to natural sleep.

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